Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Attorney: Bakker Will Plead Innocent
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Former PTI, leader Jim Bakker will plead innocent to charges of diverting millions of dollars of his followers’ to his own use at a hearing at which a trial date is expected to be set, one of his attorneys said.
“Mr. Bakker will have a long prepared statement (following Tuesday’s arraignment),” said Harold Render, one of Bakker’s attorneys. “He will plead not guilty to all charges.”
Bakker, who’s accused of the charges in federal indictments, did not mention his court date on Monday’s “Jim and Tammy Show,” which the couple tapes at their leased home just south of Charlotte.
Bakker will be represented at today’s arraignment by Bender and veteran criminal lawyer George T. Davis. U.S. Magistrate Paul Taylor is expected to set a trial date at the hearing.
Stuttering Linked To Brain Flaws
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stuttering, once thought to be psychological, has been linked to brain abnormalities by scientists who hope to understand many disorders by making 3-D videotapes of the brain in action.
Subtle irregularities in electrical activity and blood flow were found in brains of 60 percent of stutterers, whose speech is broken by abnormal pauses, repetitions (st-st-stuttering) or prolongations (ssssstuttering) of sounds, said audiologist Terese Fin-itzo, who directed the University of Texas studies.
She said similar brain abnormalities were detected in 84 percent of people with spasmodic dysphonia, in which malfunctioning vocal cords produce a hoarse, strained, stran-gled-sounding voice.
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Tuesday, January 17, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 15
Black's Death Triggers Riot
Staff Photo By Phil Jones
BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS: Stephen E. Arthur of Graniteville displays his greenhouse full of orchids, some of which he acquired on a recent trip to Ecuador. Please see story on Page 1B.
By MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press Writer
MIAMI — A police officer shot a fleeing black motorcyclist in the predominantly black Overtown neighborhood, touching off a six-hour riot that left cars and a store ablaze. Sporadic gunfire and looting continued today.
Mayor Xavier Suarez declared the situation in the predominantly black neighborhood under control early today and called for a full investigation.
The riot occurred on the night of the federal holiday for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and as national attention was focused on the city as the host of Sunday’s Super Bowl. It also rekindled memories of Miami riots in the early 1980s.
“It just exploded,” said City Commissioner Rosario Kennedy as she prepared to enter the 1^-square-mile area with a police escort. “People have been celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday all day. Maybe they were drunk. We just don’t know.”
The riot was triggered by the motorcyclist’s death Monday night as he was chased for an alleged traffic violation, said Sgt. Michael Mazur, a police spokesman.
At least two officers were pursuing the motorcycle, and one of the officers fired a shot, hitting the 21-year-old driver in the head, said Assistant Police Chief Don March. The motorcycle crashed into a moving car, March said.
March said on NBC’s “Today” show that he believed the shot killed the motorcyclist, but said police could not be certain until an autopsy was conducted.
Police refused to give the officer’s race.
The motorcyclist’s 24-year-old brother, who was a passenger, was in critical condition today, said Jackson Memorial Hospital officials.
‘It just exploded. People have been celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday all day. Maybe they were drunk.1
j- Rosario Kennedy
Within minutes of the shooting, at least IOO blacks began throwing rocks and bottles at police, who called for reinforcements. About 125 officers cordoned off the area.
Four people, including one police officer, were treated for cuts and minor injuries, said Jackson Hospital spokesman Tony Fallon.
The mob set two cars and an auto parts store on fire.
The store burned to the ground after firefighters were shot at and had to leave the area, said Mazur.
WCIX-TV reporter Lourdes Ruiz-Tole-do, who had gotten out of her car earlier, said she feared for her life.
“All of a sudden they threw a big huge rock right on the side of the driver. I blocked it with my elbow. They were yelling ‘Get that white woman out of the car!”’ the 27-year-old reporter said.
Miss Ruiz-Toledo, who had stayed in her car while two colleagues got out, said she drove a block and was rescued by an officer who led her from the car behind a plastic riot shield. The car was later burned.
WINZ radio reporter Doug Phillips said he had to abandon his car, which was also burned.
A woman driving home from work said her windshield was shattered by a 5-pound concrete block.
“I had no idea it was going on,” said Kay Worthington of Miami Beach.
Du Pont Tags August Reactor Incident Minor
Company Also Denies 'N.Y. Times' Charges
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
A Du Pont Co. study found no safety hazard during the August nuclear reactor incident that spawned international headlines about the Savannah River Plant, even as the company denied new media charges that it has mismanaged SRP.
The incident occurred when operators attempting to restart the plant’s P-Reac-tor pulled control rods without first determining the reason — a buildup of neu-tron-absorbing helium — why the reaction had been faltering.
The Department of Energy has since ordered a shutdown of all three of the SRP’s weapons materials reactors for improvements to operating procedures, equipment and management.
The P-Reactor incident drew an “F” rating, entailing a “reduced safety margin,” and was among 102 reactor “events” recorded in 1988. The incident’s rating is next to the lowest on the plant’s scale, officials said.
After a Washington Post story in August said the P-Reactor had been briefly out of control, DOE safety advisors investigated the incident and corroborated plant officials’ initial reports that the reactor was never in an unsafe condition.
On Monday, Du Pont again went on the defensive, after a New York Times article said the plant contractor and DOE officials at the SRP were “intimately aware of critical structural flaws and deficiencies in management and maintenance” years before three production reactors were shut down for safety reasons.
Du Pont immediately rebutted the Monday story with a two-paragraph re
sponse labeled “talking points”:
“The scenario created by The New York Times — that Du Pont withheld important information regarding the condition of facilities at the Savannah River Plant — is in error. The government HAS been kept informed of the status of its facilities in a timely fashion.
“This is a continuation of a series of allegations by the Times which we have refuted time and time again, and we are not going to provide impetus to the newspaper’s claims by dealing with each and every issue.”
(Please See DU PONT, Page 8A)
Fitch Explains Plans For Vale Property
By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer
While controversy has erupted over his proposed development of the Vale of Montmorenci property, Paul V. Fitch II has remained quiet until now.
On Monday, Fitch walked the property and explained his plans to the Aiken Standard.
A number of people have appeared before the Aiken County Planning Commission and the Aiken County Council to pro-test the proposed residential development, but Fitch believes that
some of their arguments are based on inaccurate information.
The development will again be discussed at the County Planning Commission meeting Thursday night at 8 when the project will receive preliminary plat approval discussion.
Only 300 acres of the Vale property will be subdivided, and that portion of the property was cut off from the remaining 700 acres when Old Dibble Road was constructed, according to Fitch.
Fitch closed the deal on the Vale property last week.
The subdivision planned will feature a six-acre lake with four acres of bank. The
lake will serve as the subdivision’s detention pond in addition to recreational uses.
Lot sizes will be approximately 1.1 acres with housing prices in the $125,000 to $175,000 range.
The houses will have a minimum area of 1,850 square feet.
Fitch said he intends to build a community building along with soccer and baseball facilities. He said he also intends to install concrete curb and gutter instead of rolled asphalt in the subdivision.
The rear of the 300 acres abuts Quail Hollow Subdivision located off Banks Mill
(Please See FITCH, Page SA)
County To Pay Sheriff's Lawyer Expenses
A circuit court judge has ordered Aiken County to pay Sheriff Carrol G. Heath $15,000 to cover costs for a lawyer he hired to sue the county over a disputed personnel policy.
The order was filed Friday in Aiken County Common Pleas Court, but that may not be the end of the three-year legal battle that hit its height in a hearing before the state Supreme Court. The county could still appeal and keep the dispute in the courts a while longer.
Sheriff Heath filed suit against the county in 1986 to stop what he called an
infringement on his powers as sheriff. He disagreed with the county’s opinion that sheriff’s deputies were subject to county personnel regulations because they are county employees.
Sheriff Heath hired Aiken lawyer John W. Harte to represent him because the county attorney was representing the county government. The county argued that he should have sought the services of the circuit solicitor or the state attorney general. But after making a few calls, Sheriff Heath decided to take neither course.
“The first thing I did when I figured they were going to move in on me was call Solicitor Robert Harte and he said he couldn’t handle it. I called the attorney general’s office and spoke to several people there, and they told me I had to put everything in writing,” he said.
These people were fixing to move in, I didn’t have time for all that. I called John Harte and he said he would take it,” he said.
Although he lost the case concerning (Please See COUNTY, Page 8A)Guilty Plea Expected In Fatal Accident
Pauline Roach, charged with the deaths of seven New Ellenton residents in a July 19 car accident, is expected to plead guilty today in General Sessions Court to three counts of felony driving under the influence.
“This is the worst case I have ever seen,” said Solicitor Robert J. (Bob) Harte.
Harte said he dropped the remaining six charges in return for Ms. Roach’s guilty plea. He said he took the indictments for the three youngest children, Azarene Harrison El, 8; Angel Harrison El, 7; and Jamal Harrison, 3.
He said he also dropped the other charges because of the severity of the sentence for felony driving under the influence. Ms. Roach, 28, Montmorenci, could receive up to 25 years in prison for each count. The minimum fine is $10,000 for each count.
“After a certain point, you are just adding paperwork,” he said.
Ms. Roach was arrested Aug. 29 when she left the hospital. She was
(Please See GUILTY, Page SA)